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The Potential of Antimicrobial Peptides as Biocides

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Author(s): Garry Laverty | Sean P. Gorman | Brendan F. Gilmore

Journal: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
ISSN 1422-0067

Volume: 12;
Issue: 10;
Start page: 6566;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: antimicrobial | peptides | biocides

ABSTRACT
Antimicrobial peptides constitute a diverse class of naturally occurring antimicrobial molecules which have activity against a wide range of pathogenic microorganisms. Antimicrobial peptides are exciting leads in the development of novel biocidal agents at a time when classical antibiotics are under intense pressure from emerging resistance, and the global industry in antibiotic research and development stagnates. This review will examine the potential of antimicrobial peptides, both natural and synthetic, as novel biocidal agents in the battle against multi-drug resistant pathogen infections.
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